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Where You Belong

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  645 ratings  ·  56 reviews
On the heels of her bestselling A Sudden Change of Heart, here is a new novel from blockbuster author Barbara Taylor Bradford- about a woman finding herself and her place in love...and in the world.
Valentine (Val) Denning is a young American photojournalist on the frontlines in Pec (a town in Kosovo), where she and her two colleagues- the British Tony Hampton and
Published (first published November 1st 1900)
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Silly characters I couldn't relate to, plot lines with no flow, descriptions become non sequiturs, overall a boring story too. A massive unnecessary chunk of book where everything was bucolic and dull, predictable boring dialogue, and then another huge ongoing chunk where mostly all the author does is complain about her mother. She says over and over to each character she meets how awful her mother is, and she tells the reader how awful her mother is, does not show examples. Oh, and a love story ...more
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So atypical of Bradford's writing. The stories (including the side stories) start off nicely, but they seem to get lost. The main story rambles rather than being focused. In the end, to bring it to a close, the characters begin to act out of character and in unrelatable ways.

Even the trip to Mexico, which could have been a great turning point for Val, was rendered unnecessary. We all knew the artist had no chance since Val said her relationship with Jake was going to be "forever". She would nev
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I have mixed feelings about this book. Maybe it has to do with the reviews I read before starting the book, or maybe my feelings are genuine. The thing that I observed while reading the book is that the dialect of the different characters, though emphasized to be different, very often end up similar to each other. There are a couple common phrases which I found oddly similar since they were used by different characters, and according to me, shouldn't have been. The characters, being from differe ...more
I did not like this book at all. It never caught my attention and the only reason why I finished reading it was because I don't like to leave books incomplete. With this book I experience a feeling I never experience before: HATE TOWARDS THE MAIN CHARACTER. Valentine Denning, the main character, was a war photographer that had a very sad childhood since her mother never truly loved her; it is understandable that Valentine was hurt because of her mother's behavior towards her, but it is truly unn ...more
 Gigi Ann
I picked up this audio book at a library sale a year or two ago. I am so glad it was an audio book, otherwise I never would have finished reading it, but since I had insomnia tonight I opt to listen to an audio book. It was quite a boring book, even listening to it I almost didn't finish it. However I was hoping it would put me to sleep. It didn't...I have nothing to say about it that could be encouraging so won't say anything more.
Andrea Finley
Writing is strangely formal, more like reading a transcript than a novel. Too many extraneous; needless characters. Way too descriptive. There's little flow to the narrative. Overly long with too much build up and too little pay off. Don't think I'll read this author again.
Katie Rekowski
Read by Jan Maxwell. Valentine Denning, a 30 year old photo journalist, is in Kosovo, recording events of the war. She is there with fellow photo journalists, Tony and Jake. Tony and she are and item. Jake is truly in love with her. A sudden outburst of war occurs and Tony is mortally wounded and dies. Time later, when Jake forces Valentine to go to the wake in London, Val discovers Tony is still married. Well, that throws a new slant on everything. Her relationship with her mother is already a ...more
Bradford's primary market is senior women and it shows. Lots of references to food and cooking, exotic places and romance with charismatic men, and the chapters are short. But the lead character is shallow, the storyline is rambly and I think Ms. Bradford needs to research conflict photographers a bit more, I wondered if she got some details wrong. (There is one scene where a photographer rejects the widows offer of more cameras, stating he already has plenty. No professional photographer ever h ...more
Just awful... I had to stop reading it midway through before it took away my sanity completely. I wish I could give -5 stars.
Judi R.
I became a fan of Barbara Taylor Bradford when I read her first book, Woman Of Substance. I read and enjoyed all her early books in that saga. I find no comparison between her early writing and that of her later work.

The plot of Where You Belong is weak and reads like a Dick and Jane storybook. Sentences are short, uninteresting, and much of the same information is repeated over and over.... The storyline is somewhat predictable as it takes us on a travelog, seen through the eyes of photojournal
Dutch Rhudy
I felt the book had too much redundancy while establishing Val Denning's routine.
Val remained immature throughout the story, spoiled, and showed no character growth.
I normally don't write a review for a book I really didn't like, but despite the unbelievable dialog and poor writing, it was better than some I've read lately.
Giving it 2 stars for starting off well and having potential, but the book drifted and had no feeling of closure on any of the (many) different story lines. Ultimately, the last few chapters felt like the author had a last minute deadline and to finish the book quickly she just wrapped up the story that very day. I was also very disappointed that it turned into a "love story"... I thought it was about a photographer finding her place in the world... turns out it was about her finding a new boyfr ...more
Overall it was boring, couldn't relate any of those characters, flat lines, boring boring boring. Had to read it though, wanted to know if there were anything interesting, sonething that I could say it was worth reading. But no, can't recommend this to anyone!!
Kathy Schwartz
I gave this book 2 stars based on the fact that I actually finished it. I agree with many other reviewers that the story line was not focused. Each character had their own problems. The author tried to make them all dramatic (overly done), with a lot of repetitious build-up, only to have the problem resolved in about a paragraph. I also felt the author put in a lot of very small details (like each step of making a salad) that were just mundane. I kept thinking there would be a purpose to these d ...more
Rachel S
There were some slow parts but the ending left me in a good place. My heart is happy.
Just an okay story. It was difficult to begin with but toward the end it picked up.
Ronell Warren
Good book. Love the Val character. She has a very baffling life.
predictable. old school. but it entertained me for a day. i skimmed towards the end b/c it was getting late and i just had to know how all the loose ends would tie up. i was sad when i realized that there was no connection with the loose ends and it wasn't really a mystery kind of book at all. (and that's what i get from reading the back of the book first - it led me on!!!)

ps - i hate it when characters in books say each others names every single time they talk to them! drrrrrrrrrrrr. no one doe
an entertaining light read
Carrington Stuart
Loved this book...
Sam Gregory
It was hard going but got better the more you read it.
Privy Trifles
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Relationships are a very integral part of our lives as wherever we go we form new relationships. Our lives are really incomplete without them. In this book the author has beautifully displayed myriad forms of human relationships like parents, friends, lovers, grandparents, colleagues etc. Through her eloquent writing she has added a mystic charm which these special things truly deserve.
I really liked this book for the most part. I probably would have given it four stars, but I thought there was a lot of unnecessary side stories towards the end. I'm not sure that the trip to Mexico added anything to the story! I did like the ending, but it seemed kind of anti-climactic because of the few chapters leading up to it. Overall, though, a great book!
Read this book in middle school and I loved it. Not sure it is really my style of book anymore but at the time I was completely sold on the book, so much that I couldn't get rid of it. I think I will need to read it again now that I am grown to see what I think of it now... since I still have it.
Glenda L
This is lively and suspenceful and all about secrets. The kind that can break your heart and the kind that can set you free. Barbara Taylor Bradford can always tell a good story.
Valentine Denning, a war photographer in Kosovo, finds out the man she loves, Tony, another photo journalist has secrets.
Probably typical of 1991 'women's literature'.
A War photographer discovers many secrets from her past, both from the mother that never loved her and about her dead lover. Will she find love again??

4 stars
Mixed emotions about this book. Couldn't really relate to the heroine. Some of Bradfords books I would read over, but not this one.
I really enjoyed this one. I had forgotten the title but remembered the story. I just found it on my shelf and plan on rereading it soon.
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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 25 bestselling novels, including Playing the Game, Breaking the Rules, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Wom ...more
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